More than 40 women in Linden Town are now participating in an extended Computer Literacy programme that covers the tools of computing including the entire Microsoft Office suite.  The twelve-week evening course got underway on Tuesday 6 March at the Linden Technical Institute (LTI).

According to MOPT’s Training co-ordinator, Donnella Collison, this course is part of the Public Telecommunications Ministry’s ICT national training schedule, geared towards the goal of creating an internet-savvy population.  The LTI is an active partner in the bauxite mining town.

Ms. Collison, herself a part of the Ministry’s Industry and Innovation Department, said that the extended Computer Literacy programme was deliberately set to begin this week that commemorates Women and their achievements.  It is also a pilot project that will be replicated in most other regions of Guyana, tailored to the specific needs of each set of residents.

This is a direct spin off of the first literacy programme held in Linden last January for an advocacy group called Women on a Mission.  At the end of those 5 days, the participants were asking for more substantial computer training for home makers and business owners who all have similar needs to fulfill for their businesses and school-aged children.

In the meantime, the MoPT has just issued an Open Call to girls between the ages of 12 and 18 to sign up to learn Programming and Coding. Interested persons should go to the ministry’s Website, or the Ministry of Public Telecommunications on Facebook for the form and more information.

The MOPT takes this opportunity to raise our hats to every Guyanese woman past and present, whose contributions to their communities; to Parliament; to Governmental administrations; to agencies and organizations that protect their own rights, children’s rights and indigenous people’s rights; to nurses, teachers and other professionals who have helped to build this nation.  We salute you!

FLASHBACK: Participants at the first Computer Literacy training programme at Linden.



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